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Laguna Beach sets O.C. mark for consective league wins
COSTA MESA – Since becoming Laguna Beach’s baseball coach prior to the 2011-12 school year, Mike Bair has wanted one thing above all else for his program: consistency.
The Breakers will be remembered for that trait after earning their 46th consecutive Orange Coast League victory on Tuesday by defeating Calvary Chapel, 8-5, at Vanguard University.
The win breaks the Orange County record for consecutive league wins. The mark had been 45, set twice by La Quinta from 2001-05 and 2005-08.
Laguna Beach hasn’t lost a league game since falling to Calvary Chapel on April 27, 2012.
“I think this puts us on the map a little bit,” Bair said. “To win 46 league games in a row, it’s not easy. ... We go hard in practice and these kids know how to compete. When we get into pressure situations, they feel like they've already done it.”
The CIF-SS record for consecutive league wins is 58, set by Linfield Christian (2000-06).
The Breakers (17-6, 12-0) clinched a share of the league title with their victory.
Freshman pitcher Blake Burzell grinded out a complete game Tuesday, while shortstop Jeff Bruyntjens went 4 for 4 with 4 runs batted in.
After allowing Calvary Chapel (18-6, 9-3) to tie the score with a three-run third inning, the Breakers hit back even harder with a go-ahead run in the fourth and three more in the fifth inning.
Senior Jake Smith added a 3-for-4 day with a double, triple and two RBI.
“When they tied the game, we knew we needed to get on base and we just kept hitting,” Smith said. “We did a job.”
Isaiah Lara went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Eagles. Left-handed pitcher Daniel Morales took the loss after allowing seven runs in four-plus innings.